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Apresentações de Negócios

Algumas técnicas de oratórias:

Divirtam-se

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Airbus and the future

Hello students,

In times of downgrading our business travels, Airbus releases to the media what would be the aircraft of the future. Enjoy!

Read more on: US Today Travel: Science fiction? Airbus shows off aircraft of the future

Silvia

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Video Vocab – Project Management 1 (from BEP)

Video Vocab is a series of short videos explaining the meaning of important business terms related to many of the topics that are part of every day business conversations.  You can find them at BEP – Business English Podcast.

Today, I selected an episode on “Project Management“, e.g., “the discipline of planning, organizing, securing and managing resources to bring about the successful completion of specific project goals and objectives. It is sometimes conflated with program management, however technically that is actually a higher level construction: a group of related and somehow interdependent engineering projects. A project is a temporary endeavor, having a defined beginning and end (usually constrained by date, but can be by funding or deliverables),undertaken to meet unique goals and objectives, usually to bring about beneficial change or added value. The temporary nature of projects stands in contrast to business as usual (or operations),which are repetitive, permanent or semi-permanent functional work to produce products or services. In practice, the management of these two systems is often found to be quite different, and as such requires the development of distinct technical skills and the adoption of separate management.

The primary challenge of project management is to achieve all of the project goals[4] and objectives while honoring the preconceived project constraints.Typical constraints are scope, time, and budget.The secondary—and more ambitious—challenge is to optimize the allocation and integration of inputs necessary to meet pre-defined objectives.” (Wikipedia)

So, let’s learn some vocab on this subject:

See you around,

Silvia

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Virtual Meetings

I though I had seen everything that could be done over the internet, but this is so George Orwell!!  Some companies nowadays are adopting and using what they call “virtual meetings“, or “meetings where participants are represented by computer generated characters“. Avatars! Isn’t it amazing? Check it out at this Business English Podcast from businessenglishpod.com: Business News 05 – Virtual Meetings

Now we just have to wait for our “surrogate robots” to take over our daily lives, just like in Bruce Willis’s movie “Surrogates”:

Silvia

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CNN: Are your meetings train wrecks?

Dear students,

While I was surfing CNN.com, I came across to a very interesting article on how and why meetings can go off the rails . I think it’s worth to pore over it, as you’ll find handy tips on how to get meetings back on track successfully. At the end of the article, I’ve added a glossary on some of the terms you might not be used to.

You’ll find it here: Meetings train wrecks_CNN

Or here, at it’s original site (without glossary):  http://edition.cnn.com/2011/BUSINESS/03/09/train.wreck.meetings/index.html

Recommended reading guys!!

Silvia

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Socializing: Striking Up a Conversation

It’s about that time of the year when networking diners, drinks, and here in Rio Claro, ‘barbecues’ start happening. Thinking about that, have you thought on how to introduce yourself to that foreign guy that is sitting just next to you? I know, I know… Your throat dries out, your mind goes blank, your tong swells up (and it’s not because of the drinking!). But, you know what? Chill out!! Take your courage in both hands (along with some more beer) and spit it out: “Hello, I’m João da Silva. Nice to meet you.” It’s easy!! You can do it!! No?!? Ok, I’ll help you out – as usual (because I’m a really nice person and, of course, I want to go to Heaven when I die.)

You’re going to find a very interesting PODCAST about ‘striking up a conversation’ on the ‘businessenglishpod‘ webpage below. It’s a whole lesson on introducing yourself and starting off a conversation. Check it out at:

http://www.businessenglishpod.com/2007/04/24/bep-44-int-socializing-striking-up-a-conversation/

And, as you’re going to practice this ‘introducing yourself language’ at that barbecue I know you’ve already scheduled, you can listen to it while having a nice beer, OK? To get in the mood, you know. By the way, can I have some beer? No?!? Oh, come on!!

Silvia A. Della Rina

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Talking about your job

Talking about our job is something we always have to do. But how to do it properly?

You can find a very insteresting Podcast about this subject at  .

Download the podcast, listen and practice it at: 

http://www.businessenglishpod.com/2010/05/02/bep-159-int-talking-about-your-job/

And, as always, HAVE LOTS OF FUN!!! Bem humorado

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